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The U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia issued a health alert today concerning rabies in the country.

There has been a recent cluster of rabies cases from dog bites in the province of East Nusa Tenggara (also known as “NTT”). 11 human deaths have been reported, mainly localized in the Timor Tengah Selatan (TTS) area of East Nusa Tenggara/NTT.

On May 30, the provincial capital of Kupang’s Quarantine Agency closed all island borders to animal entry (dogs, cats and monkeys) to prevent further spread of the disease.  The severity of the disease warrants education and appropriate precautions.  Most dogs in Indonesia are not vaccinated against rabies, and prophylactic vaccinations of humans does not occur in local populations.  Measures are currently being taken by the local quarantine agency to prevent further spread of the disease.

Rabies: Scientific Basis of the Disease and Its Management

Officials advise:

  • Consider rabies vaccination before your trip if your activities mean you will be around dogs or wildlife.
  • Leave all wildlife and unfamiliar animals such as stray dogs alone.
  • Wash animal bites or scratches immediately with soap and running water.
  • Vaccinate your pets to protect them and your family.
  • If you are bitten, scratched, or unsure, talk to a healthcare provider.  Rabies in people is 100% preventable through prompt appropriate medical care.

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